The Awakening of Helena Richie
|Publisher||Harper & Brothers|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
|Preceded by||Philip and His Wife|
|Followed by||The Iron Woman|
The Awakening of Helena Richie is a novel by the American writer Margaret Deland (1857 - 1945) set in the 19th century fictional locale of Old Chester, a Western Pennsylvania rural village just a few miles outside the city of Pittsburgh, then an industrial boomtown.
Helena Richie leaves a drunken husband, who had killed their child, and goes to Old Chester with her friend Lloyd Pryor. Most believe the newcomers Helena and Lloyd are brother and sister, and Helena adopts a homeless boy, David, who had been a ward of the town's minister, Dr. Lavendar. Helena's true husband dies, but Lloyd Pryor, now tired of Helena, refuses to marry her. Helena confesses to the minister about her actual relationship with Pryor, and Dr. Lavendar forces her to give up her son. Helena agrees, certain that she is an unfit mother. Helena pleads her case and fights for her maternal rights.
It was first published in installments in Harper's Monthly from January through July 1906.
- Title: The Awakening of Helena Richie
- Author:Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
- Illustration: Walter Appleton Clark
- Editor: A. L. Burt Co., 1906
- 357 pages
- The Awakening of Helena Richie, for information on the silent film adaptation of the book.
- The Awakening of Helena Richie (1906) (Project Gutenberg Entry:) (Google Books e-text)
- post 1909 printing of the book with Margaret Anglin and Raymond Hackett from the Broadway play on the cover
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